Silence is not simply the absence of noise or the shutdown of communication with the outside world, but rather a process of coming to stillness. Silent solitude forges true speech. I’m not speaking of physical isolation; solitude here means being alone with the Alone, experiencing the transcendent Other and growing in awareness of one’s identity as the beloved. It is impossible to know another person intimately without spending time together. Silence makes this solitude a reality. It has been said, “Silence is solitude practiced in action.” ~Brennan Manning in Abba’s Child
Welcome to Still Saturday where we pause after a busy week, move in quiet pilgrimage, maybe linger a while in some still place, and soak in the beauty of images and words. We’d love for you to join us. Get the details above, grab your favorite button, and link up below. We all love to hear if something especially speaks to your heart, but please don’t feel pressured to comment. Simply take some time to gaze long and drink deep.
I am really loving Still Saturday Sandra! Today I went with my camera and captured a few photos and put together a simple, “still” post.
Love your post on silence. I recently worshiped with a Quaker congregation and found their silent service healing and beautiful.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Love that you are loving it. Your photos today were lovely–and made me think. I’d love to worship with Quakers sometime.
Shelly Miller says
Love this quote by Manning, he is one of my favorites. I often need to read his words more than once to let them steep. And I am wondering if that is your grandaughter in the photo. Beautiful!
I am finding myself memorized by stillness in the chaos of city life as I watch people here in England.
Yes, it’s Grace last summer in the upper peninsula.
Stillness in the chaos–isn’t that what we’re all seeking?
I’m hoping for some still time to go back and soak in your latest posts. xoxo
Love how the light shimmers on the water in this picture — I want to go there. 🙂
Michelle DeRusha says
Honestly I don’t know if I’ve ever experienced that kind of silence and communion with God.
Love the dazzling water in your photo, Sandy.
I don’t think I ever have, either, Michelle. And I’m craving it.
Patricia @ Pollywog Creek says
Beautiful – photo, quote, the stillness of heart it inspires. Thank you for this, Sandra. xox
Thank you–for being. xoxo
Monica Sharman says
I love that “alone” is not the same as “lonely.” 🙂
I have so much to learn about silence and stillness. As one who has grown up being afraid of silence, there is room in my heart for healing.
I’d like to know more about that, Jen…
Heather Kopp says
Hi Sandra, I just wanted to say hi and I like your blog. Anytime I see someone quoting Manning or Buechner, I know have found a friend.:)
😀 Nouwen. Do you like him?
Laurie Collett says
Beautiful photo & post! Love in Him,
Thank you, Laurie.
Shari @ Leaving A Legacy says
Stunning picture. Beautiful words.
Thanks, Shari. I’m still meditating on them.
Carol J. Garvin says
I’m late… not much of Saturday left here. But I wanted to say how much I appreciate these thoughts on silence, stillness and solitude. There is such refreshment in silence. It’s when we listen in silence that we are most apt to hear God’s whisper.
Blessings to you, Sandy. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day.
Never too late for you, my friend. I’m glad you’re finding some nourishment. I’m so encouraged by all those who come by to link and share a piece of beauty.
I enjoyed joining in for Silent Saturday, thank you. I love the stillness your photo inspires. Happy Mothers Day!
Welcome, Rachel. Hope you’ve had a restful (and fun) weekend.
Jennifer Richardson says
oh how i love Brennan Manning
and this silence and solitude
he speaks so lovingly of
…..makes my breath go deep
just to dive alongside of you
for a bit:)
Honored to dive with you, Jen.